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Miel et Sang - Vie aux Balkans
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The name of the Balkans has an unusually graphic etymology: having discovered the beauty of this pivotal part of Europe, which stretches from Italy to the Bosphorous, and the ruggedness of its people, who put up fierce resistance to invasion, the Turks chose to describe the region with the words Bal (Honey) and Kan (Blood). Honey & Blood: never was there so apt a metaphor! So much richness and drama packed into such a small area is guaranteed to fire the imagination of historians and artists, especially musicians. Thanks to the magic of an ambitious programme built around the cycles of life, Jordi Savall invites us to travel the length and breadth of a region which has always had more than its share of human and historical drama. 230 minutes of music scan the full range of human emotions illuminated by 1001 different musical traditions, all of which nevertheless spring from a common source. "The future belongs to those with the longest memory", wrote Nietzsche. Once more, Jordi Savall brilliantly demonstrates that music is a key component of the collective memory that enables us to face our future. This lavishly documented CD-Book, translated into 12 languages, is a must for any self-respecting collector. Fans of Jordi Savall's comprehensive documentary editions will need little prompting.
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Thankfully, Alia Vox has published this set which not only every song they performed during that concert series, but a few more alongside in a 3 CD set. It's worth mentioning that there is some overlap with Balkan Spirit, but I would guess only 5 or 6 tracks. Even then, many of the shared tracks are actually rearranged. Though the book is 616 pages like the description says, like other Alia Vox books, it is very multilingual. While this to me is a plus, especially given the lovely plates, it does mean there are not 616 pages of original content. The recordings are definitely set in a studio, and are up to the usual quality I have found in other Hesperion XXI CDs. There is never any clipping, the stereo is expansive but tight enough to be satisfying, and the dozens of instruments are really well balanced. I would say that the album is primarily vocal, though there are a number of purely instrumental arrangements. There are 7 gapless tracks at the end of the third disc.
The CDs are organized following life through the seasons. Like the title indicates, mood shifts and instrumentation changes tell the parallel stories of a group of cultures at times at war and in peace. In its closing, it combines different folk songs and instrumentals into a moving meditation on the idea of reconciliation and unity. Because of the variety of cultures represented, Savall brings out all of the stops in gathering a diverse array of vocalists and instrumentalists: many I recognized from previous CDs, but a few I was less familiar with. The performances are excellent, especially Jordi Savall as he dances between different styles and traditions. I think they did a good job of capturing in the studio the kind of energy that the live performance had. Standout tracks for me include: Tillirkotissa; Zaplakala e vdovitsa; Ben bir göcmen Kizi; Dui Dui, Demonori; and the 2 final instrumental/vocal tracks.
I was hesitant in buying set this given the expense, however, given my love for this kind of music, it was definitely a worthwhile purchase.
An international cast of musicians is curated and led by Jordi Savall--surely the best proponent of early musickes out there.
Buy it today because the music, thought, and scholarship that has gone in to this creation is first class.
I didn't realize until I started reading the book that the title Bal*Kan is a Turkish pun; Bal = honey and Kan = blood, which explains the odd punctuation. Not an inappropriate title, considering the history of this region over the past 700 years.
Bal*Kan is indispensible for someone interested in the music of this region; there is something here to please every ear, with wonderful performances, beautifully recorded.